||2003 TQHA Yearling Sale Sets Records
Again This Year at SHRP
The 2003 TQHA Yearling Sale was held
on Saturday, July 26, at Sam Houston Race Park and attracted a record
number of Quarter horses and buyers. The sale was held inside the air-conditioned
Pavilion Centre, with a record 250 yearlings passing through the sales
ring and total sales of $2.4 million, surpassing the record of $2.1 million
set at the 2002 TQHA Yearling Sale.
The sale topper was Hip Number 152, Captain Perry, a sorrel colt foaled
on January 1. Janet Van Bebber was the high bidder on the son of Mr Jess
Perry, finishing the bidding at $75,000. Mr Jess Perry was a champion
2-year-old in 1994 and has sired 27 stakes winners including Jess Louisiana
Blue, Pretty Boy Perry and Bugs By Yawl.
Sam Houston Race Park has hosted the TQHA Yearling Sale since 1998,
when 96 horses passed through the ring. In 1999, there were 156 yearlings
in the sale and the 2000 sale grew to 197 American Quarter Horses. The
sale continues to grow, as the 2001 TQHA Yearling Sale attracted a record
211 horses and last year’s sale featured 247.
The yearlings purchased in the 2003 TQHA Yearling Sale are eligible
to run in the $100,000-added TQHA Sales Futurity (RG1) at Sam Houston
Race Park next July. On July 12, No Fees, a filly purchased by Bobby Cox
at the 2002 TQHA Yearling Sale for $20,000, won the 2003 TQHA Sales Futurity.
Trained by John Buchanan, the gray filly earned $101,220 for the stakes
victory, increasing her total bankroll to $145,020.